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Local People The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi Synopsis
Traces the monumental battle waged by civil rights organizations and by local people to establish basic human rights for all citizens of Mississippi
Local People The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi Press Reviews
The definitive analytical history of the black freedom movement in the nation's most recalcitrant state... An exciting and dramatic story of unknown heroes and heroines persevering over decades of quiet struggle against rampant terror. -- Julian Bond. A gripping portrait of largely forgotten civil rights workers who forged racial change in the face of violence and murder. -- William Ferris, New York Times Book Review A gripping portrait of largely forgotten civil rights workers who forged racial change in the face of violence and murder... Redefines the roles of national leaders who were forced to act by the unswerving determination of local people. --William Ferris, New York Times Book Review At once the movement's history in microcosm and a powerful story in its own right. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World Dittmer's stirring history of the struggle for racial justice in Mississippi tells the story in all its grim, often shocking detail. --Publishers Weekly
John Dittmer, a professor of history at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, is the author of Black Georgia in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920. From 1967 to 1979 he taught history at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.